Listen in to the 89th Episode of the Dialogue Gospel Study featuring Bob Rees.

Until his recent retirement, Bob was Visiting Professor and Director of Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has also taught at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin and Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania where he was a Fulbright Professor of American Studies (1995-96). In addition to teaching and scholarship, Rees has served as Assistant Dean of of the School of Fine Arts UCLA and Director of Studies for the UCLA-Cambridge Program and the UCLA Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music Programs in London. He is the co-founder and current Vice-President of the Bountiful children’s Foundation, a humanitarian organization that addresses malnutrition among Latter-day Saint and other children’s in the developing world. Most recently he co- founded and is the president of FastForward for the Planet, a new initiative to unify the faiths of the world in addressing climate change and earth stewardship.

Rees has published widely on Mormon and Religious Studies as well as on politics, culture, literature, education, the Arts and LGBT Studies. His most recent publications are A New Witness to the World: Reading and Re-reading the Book of Mormon (2020) and Why I Stay2: The Challenge of Discipleship for Contemporary Latter-day Saints (2021). He just finished co- editing (with Thomas Griffith and Brent Rushforth) a collection of essays in honor of Eugene England, Remembering Gene: How He Changed Our Lives. He is currently working on a collection of essays titled, “Realizing he Restoration.”

Bob has served as a bishop, member of the Baltic States mission Presidency, high councilor and Institute Teacher, Currently he and his wife, Gloria, teach primary in the Novato, California Ward. He can be reached at [email protected].